Story by Shelley R. Clapper
The Florida School Board met on Thurs., Oct. 19 at the Golden Hill Elementary School. Frederick Seeba and Ken Schiepner, from BBS Architects & Engineers, were present to give a report on their initial investigations during the Florida School District building survey.
Seeba explained that every five years New York State mandates that school districts undergo a building survey. He explained that a building survey of the Florida School District was in the preliminary stages, identifying problems with the buildings and grounds and noting improvements needed.
Some of the problems that have been identified include: Golden Hill Elementary School athletic fields, which are in need of reconstruction; and S.S. Seward High School needs security cameras and ceiling lighting installed.
Schiepner reported that they had printed out questionnaires. He said, “It is a collaboration of visual impact and discussions which will determine where we go.”
He said that in the next few weeks they will be speaking with staff and teachers.
Superintendent Jan Jehring said, “This District has a long history of investing in buildings that has kept the infrastructure in shape.”
School Board President John T. Redman said that the District would go for a public bond referendum in about a year. He also reported that the Board had inspected S.S. Seward Institute on Thurs., Oct. 5 and toured Golden Hill Elementary prior to this meeting.
School Audit Report Presentation
Bill Trainor, from Nugent & Haeussler, P.C., was present at the meeting to give a presentation on the School District audit report. He said that the District’s fund balance was improved from previous years and the District’s financial situation was moving in the right direction.
At the beginning of the meeting, there was a special recognition of bus driver Larry Kane and two students from Golden Hill Elementary School, Mackenzie Lupinski and Paige Lupinski, who had shown exemplary behavior in following safety procedures in what could have been a dangerous situation that took place on Fri., Sept. 22. All three were presented with the Bus Safety Award.
Superintendent Jehring announced that schools will not be in session on Tues., Nov. 7. Faculty and staff will attend a technology presentation that day. The presenter will be Eric Sheninger, who has written several books about technology in education.
“We have invited other school districts to attend. We have over 30 people already attending,” said Jehring.
Next Board Meeting
The next regular Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m., following a work session at 7 p.m., at the Memorial Building, located at 51 N. Main St. in the Village of Florida.